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Destruction: Fun or Dumb?

Deals with one of the major problems facing school administrators in every part of the country. Designed to make students realize that vandalism is dumb.

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Run time 13:00
Production Company Counselor Films, Inc
Audio/Visual sound, color


Reviewer: cellspixelateus - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 29, 2007
Subject: Great Theme Song
This film was shown in the cult film Over the Edge. Thought it was neat to find it here.
Reviewer: ERD - favoritefavoritefavorite - February 13, 2006
Subject: Stylized 1970's film
I suppose this film was effective for the 1970's generation. Now it seems to be a dated curiousity.
Reviewer: Spuzz - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 22, 2006
Subject: Ahh! (or Eek!) The 70¡¯s!
Despite it¡¯s message, that destruction of private property is not all that cracked up as it¡¯s to be, the message gets totally overwhelmed by the sheer 70¡¯s of it all. This film has got it ALL I tell you. From the laughable them song this film has, to the very questionable hairdos of mostly everybody here, and to the slo mo chase scenes (!!) this film was a hoot to watch from start to finish. Oh right! Back to the theme! Vandalism is bad, according to the not-at-all convincing people who dare to open their mouths during this (I most especially liked the librarian), that being said, excuse me while I (yes) get my turn to knock down the trash can that gets knocked down at least twice during the film. (And then I¡¯ll run off, convinced that I¡¯m a bad bad person)
Reviewer: MediaWhore - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 2, 2005
Subject: Destruction is beautiful ecspecially with Philly Wickeds
What a great film about the "cheap Thrills" derived from vandalism. For all you graffiti connisseurs you will love to see some early 1970's authentic Philladelphia (check the end credits) style graff. What I wanna know is who the hell use to write "HOMO" (watch the film, he's up everywhere)?
Reviewer: enigmabob - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 22, 2005
Subject: Somebody knows their "Broken Window Fallacy"
I wish real cops were this effective.

Also, shooting someone when you have a perfectly good club in the form of a hydrant wrench seems pretty unlikely.

Right after one guy says "Destroying art is sick.", a girl smashes a mirror. I failed to see the connection.
Reviewer: Wilford B. Wolf - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 28, 2005
Subject: It's just dumb
Film to teach high school kids to not vandalize school property, circa 1974. Unfortunately, this film lays it on rather thick, trying to be low budget "NBC Sunday Mystery Movie" knockoff.

The film opens with a bunch of kids in tube socks and tiny shorts playing basketball on an urban playground. Eventually, all the kids leave except a blonde kid who throws a rock through the window.

Naturally, the cops come by at exactly this moment to chase the kid down and arrest him. Underneath the chase is this really banal theme song about vandalism.

From there, it goes down hill.

While a narrator seriously intones about the costs of vandalism, the film is thick with '70's television techniques, such as zip focuses, patterned blackouts, and unconvincing acting. While many of the scenes that have one or two people talking can be easily understood, groups of people talking are often echoy and hard to hear.

The real topper was the relation of a story of three boys that go out to vandalize a rival school and wind up shooting a guy. Naturally, as soon as the gun was fired, the cops show up and stop the car. However, the cops don't even bother to check if the guy got shot was still alive. It is bits like this that totally undermine the message of the film that makes it such a time capsule.
Reviewer: Christine Hennig - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 8, 2005
Subject: Kilroy Was Here
This 70s anti-vandalism film is as strident as any 50s film, plus it has an incredibly dorky theme song and lots of bad acting to boot. They may leave it to the students to decide if destruction is fun or dumb, but as for the film itself, I pick the latter. Sometimes you just want to break something, you know?
Ratings: Camp/Humor Value: ****. Weirdness: ****. Historical Interest: ****. Overall Rating: ****.
Reviewer: Karma Hawk - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 9, 2005
Subject: Aparently kids are hitting themselves with hammers nowadays...
This short starts innocently enough with a boy throwing a rock at a window, but then it turns into something completely diferent. In one scene in this film we see a boy blowing another boys brains out because he wanted to vandalize a fire hydrant, in another we see a kid browsing through a magazine ripping out pages, thier are scenes where stuff get's destroyed just for the sake of it (Two pictures are destroyed, a desk slammed against a wall, a window breaking) without any real motive or set up. It does have some sound problems though but still this is definatly recomended.
Reviewer: chadwys - favoritefavorite - March 26, 2005
Subject: haha! theme song and all.
Tommy's alone on school property! THAT'S A RECIPE FOR DISASTER.

And as soon as he dramatically (in slow motion even) throws something through the window the police are on to him!
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